Quirky vs Autistic - What's the difference?

quirky | autistic |


As adjectives the difference between quirky and autistic

is that quirky is given to quirks or idiosyncrasies; strange in a somewhat silly, awkward manner, potentially cute while autistic is pertaining to, or having autism.

As a noun autistic is

a person who has autism.

quirky

English

Adjective

(er)
  • Given to quirks or idiosyncrasies; strange in a somewhat silly, awkward manner, potentially cute.
  • She has a quirky laugh.

    Derived terms

    * quirkily * quirkiness * quirkyalone * quirky subject * unquirky

    autistic

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to, or having autism.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who has autism.
  • * 2006 , Alan Griswold, Autistic Symphony
  • If our definition of empathy were to require we take the human cognitive norm (overwhelmingly influenced by neurotypical cognition) as the absolute standard by which to measure empathy, then indeed we would have to conclude autistics do not instinctively possess a good sense of empathy.

    Synonyms

    * autist

    Hyponyms

    * idiot savant (potentially offensive)